The Priory Hospital Chelmsford

Stump Lane
Springfield Green
Chelmsford
Essex, CM1 7SJ

Tel. 01245 345 345

Fax. 01245 346 177

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The Priory Hospital Chelmsford is an independent hospital that specialises in the treatment and management of adults and adolescents with a range of mental health problems where patient care is the primary concern.

The hospital opened in 1992 and has established an excellent reputation for providing the highest standards of care. For people suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety, the hospital provides a range of outpatient based therapy services including group and individual cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) tailored to suit the clinical needs of the individual patient.  

For those people requiring inpatient care for more severe psychiatric illness such as depression, psychotic illness, substance and behavioural dependency or eating disorders, there are residential facilities for 44 patients (each patient will have their own bedroom with en-suite, colour TV and telephone). The Priory Hospital Chelmsford has a highly experienced team of mental health professionals and support staff, which include consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and therapists.

Accommodation and facilities

The environment we create for patients is as important as the treatment, itself. To this end, each patient has the privacy of his or her own comfortable bedroom, with television, telephone, and en-suite facilities.

Patients are encouraged to have their meals in the main dining room, which offers excellent choice of dishes. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

We also provide comfortable communal areas where patients can rest and relax.

Dr Gary Jackson

Dr Gary Jackson

Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director - Adult
The Priory Hospital Chelmsford (staff)

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Dr Ben Parker

Dr Ben Parker

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (Lead CAMHS Clinician at Priory Chelmsford)
The Priory Hospital Chelmsford (staff)

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The majority of referrals made to the Priory Hospital Chelmsford are through a patient's GP. A referral can be made by telephone, in writing, via email or via fax to the hospital's admission department, who will then pass these details on to the relevant consultant

  • To make an outpatient appointment with a specific consultant, please telephone the hospital on 01245 345 345 or 
  • For further details of our specialist treatment programmes or for a list of staff/visiting consultants, together with their areas of special interests, please telephone our admissions team on 01245 244 724 or 01245 244 723

Corporate/occupational health

Any company wishing to make a referral, or member of staff wising to be admitted to a Priory hospital, will need to be referred by their company occupational health doctor. Where an occupational health nurse has been the employees point of contact they should liaise with the company doctor to arrange a referral, if this is required. If there is any uncertainty then please contact our admissions staff who will be happy to advise you. 




Therapy and treatment programme

The first step to recovery for the patient is to undergo an initial assessment to identify the issues, make any diagnosis and draw up the most appropriate treatment plan.

For a Free Assessment on to our Day Care Programme, please call 01245 244720

Treatment is then available on an outpatient, inpatient and day patient basis.

Therapists

All of our therapy is provided by highly skilled and qualified therapists from various modalities who facilitate our groups and see individuals enabling us to offer a wide and diverse programme of therapy.

Therapies used:

  • CBT
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Person centered
  • Psycho - educational
  • Psychotherapy
  • Systemic & family psychotherapist
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for the treatment of border line personality disorder
  • Psych-sexual and relationship counselling

Group therapy

  • Some of the groups available are:
  • Managing panic
  • Managing social anxiety
  • Assertiveness training
  • CBT
  • OCD
  • Health anxiety
  • Managing anxiety
  • Depression
  • CBT for managing anger
  • Managing grief & loss
  • Relationship therapy
  • Managing the symptoms of my diagnosis
  • CBT for mixed diagnosis
  • DBT for borderline personality disorders
  • Building confidence and self-esteemManaging stress
  • Creative therapy
  • Body ImageHealthy living
  • Goal setting/relapse preventionBinge eating programme
  • Addiction programme
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness practice

Family support programme and aftercare

Within the addiction treatment programme and other programmes where possible, we encourage the patient's family to become involved in the treatment programme as this can help give a greater understanding of the illness - hopefully leading to a speedier recovery once the patient has returned home.

Quality and compliance

You can be assured that the treatment patients receive will be of the highest standard, as we are continually monitored by the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission and are benchmarked against the National Service Framework.

To view our latest inspection report please click here.

We also strive to ensure the effectiveness and success of our treatment by meeting exacting, externally validated standards and our results compare favourably with the published benchmarks.

Visiting times

Visiting times and visitors allowed will be individual for each patient depending on their therapeutic programme. Please discuss this with the nursing team. All visitors must sign in and out at reception and report to the nurses station for general psychiatry and addiction treatment programme. All visitors must leave the building no later than 10.00 pm.

General programme

Monday - Friday 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm & 5.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Saturday 12.30 pm - 10.00 pm
Sunday 9.00 am - 10.00 pm

Addiction treatment programme (ATP)

Monday - Friday 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Saturday From 5.00 pm
Sunday All day until 5.00 pm

Springfield eating disorder service

Monday - Friday 6.30pm - 10.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.00 am - 12.00 pm & 2.00 pm - 10.00 pm